Taylor talks 'phenomenal' Tennessee staff

Newton High School running back Kurt Taylor is a quiet guy, but schools across the country have been pretty vocal in hoping to acquire his talents in 2017.

Kurt Taylor is a man of few words, and even that might be a generous statement. When the 5-8, 197-pound running back from Covington, Ga. lowers his shoulder and lays down the boom, it’s about all he needs to say.

Taylor was one of the top performers at the Atlanta Opening Regional Camp in March, and his offer sheet has grown to include Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Rutgers. A host of other schools have shown interest in the junior, with Tennessee firmly in the mix. While the Vols haven’t officially offered him a scholarship yet, they have ratcheted up their concentration on the running back as he continues to showcase his sub-4.5 40-yard dash speed and bruising pad level at camps across the country.

“I’m a power back. I can use my speed a lot too,” Taylor said. “As a running back, you’ve got to catch the ball too. You can’t just run it. You’ve got to catch it. That’s what I do.”

Taylor has been in contact with Tennessee recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Robert Gillespie, whose experience as a former SEC running back has intrigued the Newton High School prospect.

“He’s an experienced coach,” Taylor said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s a cool coach. I love him.”

According to Taylor, Gillespie and the Vols have shown him “a lot of love” over the past few months and will be in a tough fight with other SEC schools like Auburn and Georgia for his talents.

The reticent running back grew up in The Peach State, while his uncle, Julian Roseboro, played at Auburn as a defensive back.

“I love Todd Gurley. That’s one of the running backs I look up to,” Taylor said. “I love Auburn. I look up to that school because my uncle went there.”

Taylor plans on participating in junior days at Kentucky and UCLA, and he’ll have one more year of high school football to prove his worth to the handful of big-name schools who are close to pulling the trigger on him. If the junior continues to impress on the field, he could see himself wearing orange and white and running out of the Power T in 2017.

“(Tennessee) is a great school. Everything is phenomenal: the coaching staff, the team,” Taylor said. “The team will be on the rise. The fan base is phenomenal. It’s just a good school. I love it.”

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